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Secret keeper by Kerry Hammerton: book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Resensies 2019-03-27

"In Secret keeper, Hammerton manages to capture the essentials of most adult lives – love, loss, loneliness, anxiety, ageing and death – and leaves us pondering our own mortality, and that deep longing not to feel our insignificance 'at night' when we are all alone under the 'black sky, stars,/ the milky way'."

Kora: A lost Khoisan Language: an interview

Menán van Heerden, Menán du Plessis Books and writers 2019-03-26

On Wednesday, 27 March 2019 (13h00–15h00) at Stellenbosch University, linguist Menán du Plessis will talk about her book, Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep. Menán van Heerden chats to Menán du Plessis about her book.

Invitation: Book launch of Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep by Menán du Plessis

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-25

Wednesday, 27 March (13h00-15h00): Please do join Stellenbosch University’s Department of General Linguistics as we celebrate the launch of Extraordinary Associate Professor Dr Menán du Plessis’ book entitled Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep (Unisa Press in collaboration with South African History Online, 2018).

Sol Plaatje Award for Translation in 2016 to 2018: acceptance speech by Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2019-03-22

"Prizes like these highlight the noblest ambition of translation: to humanise."

Response to Gustav Pienaar’s “impressions” of The man who killed apartheid

Harris Dousemetzis Boeke en skrywers 2019-03-21

"I have gone into considerable detail in countering Mr Pienaar’s criticism of my book, because I believe that he deserves a full and thoughtful reply, but also because criticism of this sort vilifies the memory of Dimitri Tsafendas himself."

Announcement: the winner of the 2019 City Press | Tafelberg non-fiction award

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-20

City Press and Tafelberg are proud to announce the winner of the City Press | Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for 2019.

The resurrection of Winnie Mandela: A biography of survival by Sisonke Msimang: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-20

"The history of Winnie Mandela (1936–2018) is one of the most painful stories to emerge from South Africa. It is a story of injustice and oppression, but it is also, for many South Africans, a story of triumph and hope."

Press release: Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-20

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the world’s most global literary prize, is launching into its 2019 hot phase: the shortlist will be announced in the week commencing 8 April.

Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s biggest corporate fraud by Rob Rose: book review

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-19

"Rob Rose’s Steinheist is not the first book to appear in the aftermath of the Steinhoff crash, but it is, by far, the most comprehensive and most compelling."

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club: an interview

Menán van Heerden, Sindiswa Seakhoa Onderhoude 2019-03-13

On 16 March 2019 the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion under the theme “Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development”. Menán van Heerden chats to Sindiswa Seakhoa about the book club, the legacy of Miriam Tlali and the importance of indigenous languages.

Press release: Panel discussion on literacy and indigenous languages

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-12

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion on 16 of March 2019 (13h00–15h00, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg) under the theme "Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development". 

Rainbow nation my Zulu arse: Reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-04

"Khumalo really goes out of his way to research and explain the origins and meanings of the names of all the places that he visits. This, in itself, makes the book a wonderful read, as there are many surprises to the reader along the way."

The African Library: On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-03-02

"It is especially Unigwe’s rendition of each of her main characters’ uniqueness in circumstances, setting and personality – the absence of othering of the sex workers in an either sentimentalising or demonising manner – that achieves the novel’s powerfully humane purpose."

Press release: Alan Paton Literary Festival 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-02-28

"The Paton Festival represents not only a fight for the principle of non-racialism in the arts and culture sector of South Africa, but also a fight over the blueprint of what a UNESCO City of Literature should look like."

Kwela 25: Iconic SA publisher celebrates 25 years of local publishing

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-02-28

Come and celebrate with Kwela! Thursday 28 February 2019, 18:30, Exclusive Books, Sandton. 

Press Release: The 22nd annual Time of the Writer Festival

LitNet Books and writers 2019-02-25

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) presents its 22nd annual Time of the Writer Festival from 13 to 16 March 2019. Celebrating Durban’s status as the UNESCO City of Literature, Time of the Writer 2019 offers a shining gem of a four-day festival that allows audiences, budding authors and literature lovers a chance to encounter some of South Africa’s most notable writers in some wonderfully curated up close and personal encounters.

You make me possible by Karina Szczurek: a review

Elkarien Fourie Resensies 2019-02-25

"The early email correspondence between ... Karina Szczurek and ... writer André Brink is a romantic WikiLeak of sorts that gives readers detailed and minimally censored insight into their courtship. That the growing passion between them worked out as perfectly as both imagined, coming from different hemispheres, must be the ultimate romantic plot ..."

63 days to optimum health: an interview with Sally-Ann Creed

Naomi Meyer, Sally-Ann Creed Books and writers 2019-02-21

"We have to be 'hunter gatherers' – we need to hunt for truth and good food, then gather it and make it work for us – it can change your life. It changed mine."

Video: Stellenbosch launch of Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch

Naomi Bruwer Books and writers 2019-02-13

Eva Mazza's debut novel Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch was recently launched at Gino's Stellenbosch. Eva was interviewed by her publisher Melinda Ferguson.

The African Library: Forbidden Fruit by Stanley Gazemba

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-12-19

"Gazemba beautifully interweaves the rhythms of rural life with the impulses of individuals’ emotions. The lives he evokes are rich in feeling and the narrative voice, however compassionate, describes the poor without condescension or pity."